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The Riggi Theater at the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame

99 South Broadway

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First time screening of the movie "DANSEUR" in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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NuArts Productions presents DANSEUR, sharing the struggles of men in pursuit of their ballet dreams. Sexism is built into the fabric of classical ballet, an art form that has idolized women in pointe shoes and tutus while relegating men to the role of partners. Director Scott Gormley explores the difficult subjects of bullying and homophobia that those men face while illustrating the athleticism as well as vitality of ballet, through performance, creation, preservation and education. The film features stories from James Whiteside (American Ballet Theatre), John Lam (Boston Ballet), Harper Watters (The Houston Ballet), Derek Dunn (Boston Ballet), among others. DANSEUR is a powerful film that explores the challenges and struggles of male dancers.

Scott Gormley’s film, Danseur, speaks to the ongoing issues and concerns faced by young and professional male dancers in the industry. It highlights pertinent topics surrounding the stigma of the male dancer by society, the bullying by peers, and parental perception about the profession. Guests from the local arts community, Point Park University administrators, faculty from across the university and the entire Dance Department were invited to the screening of the film on Point Park University’s campus in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The film created a forum where students and faculty can continue the conversation in classes, with peers and with parents. Students recognize that by politicizing dance, by questioning societal constructed ‘normative’ attitudes about dance, they are excavating deeply held false notions that are at the root of the stigmas about the male dancer. The film also hits on a personal note for Gormley, the father of a young man, also a Point Park student, who chose dance as a career. Brilliantly shedding light on the continuing important and necessary dialogue that needs to take place in training institutions, with parents and in society as a whole, Danseur is a must see!

Garfield Lemonius

Chair of Dance & Associate Artistic Director, Conservatory of Performing Arts | Point Park University

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